Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re probably saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, putting in new furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Cottonwood can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re working at their most efficient levels?
Dirty air filters alone can decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common tasks can you complete to improve your energy efficiency?
- Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows
- Add extra insulation to your attic
- Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to ponder when improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are commonly much less efficient than newer systems. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the difference a new system can make is considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at newer choices as well. The rule of thumb for the lifetime of heating and cooling systems is between 12 and 15 years, so if your system is near that age, be sure to check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Connolly Electric & Mechanical in Cottonwood, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a shout at 928-639-4251 and we can help.